Chris Parkes: A PC is not just for Christmas...

  • Using Visio 2010 and SharePoint 2010 to Share Network Diagrams

    Good to see that the Visio 2010 Add-in for System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2007 R2 is now available.  The Visio Add-in lets you create diagrams that show objects by geography on a map, by location in a data center or building, by role in...
  • Quantifying Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for Exchange Online and Office 365 versus On Premises Solutions

    One of the most common points of debate that gets raised when I am talking to Microsoft partners and customers about the value of cloud based solutions such as Microsoft Exchange Online, which is part of Office 365, and traditional on premises solutions...
  • Interactive Guides to Help Transition to the Office 2010 Ribbon

    If you are having trouble transitioning to the ribbon interface in Office 2010, have no fear, the interactive guides are here . One of the biggest pieces of feedback when moving to the new ribbon style interface in Office 2010 from previous versions ...
  • Internal Software Usage Rights for Microsoft Partners

    If you're a Microsoft partner, from 1 st November 2010, the internal usage licensing rights for Microsoft software were updated to take into account the new competency model for the Microsoft Partner Network. If you need an update on how this affects...
  • Office 365 – Jump Start Kit on TechNet Edge

    If you’re in need of some quality technical content for Office 365, you could do worse than look at the TechNet Edge videos now available as part of the Office 365 Jump Start kit.  Designed for IT Pro and partner technical audience, the content covers...
  • The Demo Showcase Team Tactics

    Right then, Monday morning and my season's kicked off, so time to head back over to the football/soccer analogies...well, if tactics equate to marketing campaigns that is!!! Find below a list of the market campaigns that the Demo Showcase aligns to when...
  • Microsoft Office 365 Partner Web Banner and Microsite Kit

    As a Microsoft partner, if you’ve ever wanted to host an Office 365 microsite from a banner within your web page without the time and hassle needed to create your own, you can now utilise the pre-populated Web Syndication for Office 365 with Try and Buy...
  • Microsoft Office Excel 2007 Business Intelligence Demo

    If you are curious about how you get from here... ...to here... ...in Microsoft Office Excel 2007, take a look here: Microsoft Office Excel 2007 BI Demo There's no audio, it's all rather self explanatory but it may take a moment to load, so please be...
  • Ferrari Website Built on SharePoint

    From Scuderia to Store, Community to News, there’s a whole host of droolable content over on the new Ferrari website, built on Microsoft Office SharePoint Server. Head on over to http://www.ferrari.com and enjoy! I guess I could crack some pun about SharePoint...
  • Microsoft Office Word 2007 and OpenOffice.org 2.2.0 Mail Merge Comparison

    I was reading Hugh’s post and the comments around whether open source software meets shareholder and CEO needs, I love the cartoon that goes with it. George Ou has some interesting stats in this area too. It’s a serious debate and as well as shareholders...
  • SharePoint, Customisation and Sample Master Pages

    Here's another screencast I've recorded which shows how to apply the sample custom master pages available on Office Online to Windows SharePoint Services team sites. Microsoft Office SharePoint Server - Customisation This recording is based on the Demo...
  • The Enchanted Office

    Once upon a time, in a land not so far far away, there lived a beautiful piece of software... If ever you needed to understand just how Microsoft managed to turn the Office frog into the handsome prince, this fairytale could just be what you need... ...
  • Excel Conditional Formatting Demo File

    A few folk asked me for my Excel file today during a Live Meeting I delivered... Here's the link: http://cid-d0ea2b861503e006.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/.Public/Contoso%20Bike%20Sales%20Demo.xlsx
  • Looking to Achieve a Microsoft Competency? These Training Guides Should Help!

    This site is a great reference point that provides insight into how to prepare and pass the assessments and certifications required to attain or renew a Microsoft competency.  Following the changes made to the Microsoft Partner Network in October...
  • Preparing for Microsoft Exams and Certifications

    If you’re looking for a quick and easy guide to passing Microsoft certification examinations, you could do worse than check out the Partner Exam Academy.  Available currently are guides to Virtualisation, Desktop and Customer Relationship Management...
  • Simpsonize Yourself!!!

    You absolutely completely and utterly have to!!! So, to create your own persona that could be ready to appear in The Simpsons head to http://simpsonizeme.com/ For my own personal enjoyment, this is me, outside the Kwik-E-Mart..! Ciao for Now :)
  • Online Windows Small Business Server 2008 Training Webcasts

    Some great, free SBS2008 webcasts coming soon, a series of 8!   WES02PAL:  Windows SBS 2008 Core Technical Training, Part 1 of 8: Introduction Presented by David Fabritius, Nicholas King and Michael Toot Thursday, August 21, 2008 10:00-11:00am...
  • Have You Tried The Microsoft Office Interactive Developer Map..?

    How fantastic, this is a must see! A Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) application that provides developers with resources for programs, servers, services, and tools that work with the Microsoft Office System. It guides the user through drill down...
  • Office 2010 Translation Services

    I’m a big fan of Outlook and Word 2010, I particularly like the ease in which you can handle translation services.  For example, the other day I was running the office World Cup sweepstake when a colleague fortunate enough to claim an envelope drew...
  • Free Microsoft Antivirus for Home and Small Business PC

    Did you know that as a home user or a small business with up to ten PCs, free antivirus is available from Microsoft to help protect your Windows investment? Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection that guards against viruses, spyware...
  • Windows Azure Platform & Scrabble

    Technorati Tags: Cloud , Windows Azure , SQL Azure I’m convinced that I use phrases and therefore put them into everyday use more and more when I’m reading, learning and getting into something new.  When it comes to getting started in a meeting right...
  • VS 2008 Extensions for SharePoint - March 2009 CTP Released

    The March 2009 CTP Visual Studio 2008 extensions for SharePoint are now available.  You can download them directly from here . Also included in this release are ten new themes for SharePoint built as VSeWSS projects.  You can download them from...
  • Find Your Perfect Partner With PinPoint

    Microsoft have today launched a new customer facing business website in the UK with a direct link to find a partner on PinPoint .  If you are a Microsoft UK Partner and not yet listed, you need to be.  If you’re already on, now might be a good...
  • Clippy Returns!

    Hey, it looks like you’re writing an instant message – do you need help with that? Thought not but you could win an Xbox Bundle if you’re a Microsoft UK partner, give it a go. I’m hoping it isn’t a ‘best letter writing’ contest!
  • Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview

    The Microsoft Office 2010 “limited” technical preview, due in July 2009 has a waitlist which you can sign up to as of today. This is an invitation only program which will provide access to early, pre-release versions of Office 2010.  The full list...